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Baylor in Italy

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BII 2014: June 2 - July 7

About the Program

Participating students will experience on-site study in such places as Venice, Paestum, Capri, Syracuse, Palermo, Ostia, Florence, and of course Rome. A full day in Pompeii and Herculaneum offers a unique learning experience among the ruins of towns destroyed by Mount Vesuvius' devastating volcanic eruption of AD 79. In Paestum, we examine the remains of several temples, students see first-hand evidence of the Greek presence in southern Italy. Then we cross from Reggio, Calabria, into Sicily, where we study the fascinating world of Magna Graecia, from Syracuse to Agrigento, Selinunte, and Palermo. The sights, sounds, monuments, and places you visit when you are in Italy become the classroom. In this academic program, you will take notes on site, observe actual excavations, and visit places usually closed to the general public.

And what about fun? While we do have a fine study itinerary, free time is also scheduled in for touring, shopping, and fun in the Italian sun.

All accommodations in Italy are superb. The Hotel Sant' Anna in Rome, just a short walk from St. Peter's Basilica, is a beautifully renovated building. It offers an extremely convenient location for travel within the city. In Paestum and Palermo, the hotels are located right on the beach, affording afternoon and evening dips in the Mediterranean.

Courses Offered

  • Topography of Rome and Pompeii (CLA 3321)
  • Classical Mythology (CLA 3380)
  • Roman Comedy (LAT 3351)
  • Medieval Intellectual Tradition (GTX 2302)
  • Dante and the Italian Renaissance (GTX 4330)

Program Director

Dr. Jeffrey Hunt
Lecturer, Classics Department
Morrison 317
(254) 710-6714

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the dates for 2014? The 2014 Baylor in Italy program will take place during the first summer session, June 2 to July 7.
  • How much does it cost? $4,995 plus tuition.
  • Do I need to know Latin and/or Greek? Usually, no. The only course requiring Latin is Roman Comedy (LAT 3351), which requires prior completion through LAT 2310 or instructor approval.
  • What kind of credit is available? Students may earn 3 to 6 hours of credit. Baylor in Italy courses fulfill upper-level course requirements for the Classics, Great Texts, Greek, and Latin majors. Students from other programs may count the credit as part of their general 3000-4000 level hours toward graduation.